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Kevin Rothrock

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RuNet Echo Project Editor

Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty‘ and tweeted at @KevinRothrock. Doctoral student in Political Science at UConn.

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23 March 2014

A Telethon to Save Russia's Independent TV

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Ukrainian Women's Sex Boycott Against Russian Men

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A creative boycott is drawing the attention of Russian Internet users. Ukrainian women are organizing a new campaign called “Don’t give it to a Russian”—a sex embargo against Russian men.

21 March 2014

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Do US Sanctions Against Putin's Cronies Fuel Russian Patriotism?

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So far, it seems the West’s response to the annexation of Crimea has only reinforced Russia’s patriotic frenzy. But could tougher sanctions change that?

16 March 2014

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Did Russia's Most Famous Actor Just Denounce Vladimir Putin?

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In Russia, it is exceedingly rare for anyone who regularly appears on television or the silver screen to criticize, let alone denounce, Vladimir Putin. But did Khabensky?

15 March 2014

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Russia's Crimea Ballot Fraud that Wasn't

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A scandal surrounding a ballot photo suggests that Russians are pessimistic about Crimea's Sunday referendum. Many are ready to believe the worst now, even on laughably circumstantial evidence.

12 March 2014

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Russia’s Best News Portal Decimated

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In Russia’s jingoist climate today, it is now much easier for corporate owners and state authorities to meddle in the politics of the country’s news websites.

5 March 2014

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Mother Russia, Jump the Gun

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Try to imagine how hopelessly outgunned Ukrainian soldiers now find themselves in the Crimea, where armed militia choke the roads and airports with checkpoints

1 March 2014

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The Russians Have Weaponized Photoshop

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With the Crimea crisis, Twitter feeds overflow and news changes too fast to accommodate longer-form blogging. The most successful way to grab attention might be an old medium: political cartoons.

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Damn Provocateurs vs. Couch Potato Liberals: Russian Nationalists Debate Invading the Crimea

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When it comes to the current unrest in the Crimea, Russian nationalism produces wildly dissimilar views about what Moscow ought to do.

24 February 2014

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Big, Bad Bullies of the Russian Media

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Last week, popular journalist Vladimir Solovyov dedicated an entire radio show to dissecting and denouncing the Maidan-supportive tweets of a handful of students from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Why?

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